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- Aviva Premiership
- 28th Dec 2013
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Franklin's Gardens
- Att: 12,856
Aviva Premiership: Northampton boss Jim Mallinder praised talisman George North
It's taken him a little bit of time, but he showed why he's a world-class player.
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Jim Mallinder praised George North after the Wales back galvanised Northampton to a 43-25 Aviva Premiership victory over Bath.
North's height and aerial ability exploited Bath's back-three shortcomings, the Wales wing kicking the Saints into gear with visiting full-back Anthony Watson unable to compete.
"George was outstanding," said Mallinder. "After that first 10 to 15 minutes he got us going, he got us on the front foot with his carrying, he got us on the front foot with his high balls.
"And just to see his defensive work in the 80th minute to cut them out there, that was excellent too.
"It's taken him a little bit of time, but he showed why he's a world-class player.
"They (Bath) have got a good back-three with Banahan who is a big lad, but I saw that they were swapping him over a little bit.
"But George North is massive, and he's athletic, so when you kick right and get George up there competing there's not many people who are going to win the ball from there."
Bath head coach Mike Ford admitted Northampton and Saracens were the Premiership's current standout teams.
His side conceded a run of 11-straight victories, their best sequence in a decade, but Ford still believes Bath can fight for a top-four finish this season.
"Saints and Saracens, they both got bonus-point wins today, and they are probably up above anyone else in the league at the moment," he said.
"Even with the man in the sin-bin I expected us to defend better, and we didn't.
"They scored three tries more or less on the bounce in that first half. To challenge those sides you have to go on a run, which can be done."
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|Friday 24th April|
|19:45||Bath vs London Irish|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Northampton vs Saracens|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Friday 8th May|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Bath|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Northampton vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Irish|
|15:15||Wasps vs Leicester Tigers|
|Sunday 10th May|
|14:00||Saracens vs Exeter|
|Saturday 16th May|
|15:30||Exeter vs Sale|
|15:30||Leicester vs Northampton|
|15:30||Bath vs Gloucester|
|15:30||Newcastle vs Harlequins|
|15:30||London Irish vs Wasps|
|15:30||London Welsh vs Saracens|
|Sunday 12th April|
|London Irish 25 - 23 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 13 - 40 Wasps|
|Exeter 21 - 10 Northampton|
|Saturday 11th April|
|Saracens 22 - 6 Leicester Tigers|
|Harlequins 29 - 26 Gloucester|
|Friday 10th April|
|Newcastle Falcons 19 - 29 Bath|
|Sunday 29th March|
|London Welsh 14 - 29 Bath|
|Sale Sharks 23 - 6 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th March|
|Saracens 42 - 14 Harlequins|
|London Irish 22 - 21 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 25 - 18 Exeter|
|Friday 27th March|
|Northampton 52 - 30 Wasps|
|Sunday 8th March|
|Newcastle Falcons 12 - 16 Leicester Tigers|
|Wasps 17 - 26 Saracens|
|Saturday 7th March|
|Gloucester 33 - 33 Northampton|
|Exeter 74 - 19 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 26 - 20 London Irish|
|Friday 6th March|
|Bath 12 - 3 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Wasps 32 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Exeter 16 - 6 Bath|
|Saracens 22 - 17 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 28 - 8 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 12 - 50 London Irish|
|Friday 27th February|
|Northampton 17 - 13 Harlequins|
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